|13th United States Attorney General|
July 5, 1838 – December 14, 1839
|President||Martin Van Buren|
|Preceded by||Benjamin F. Butler|
|Succeeded by||Henry D. Gilpin|
|United States Senator|
December 14, 1839 – December 19, 1840
|Preceded by||Ephraim H. Foster|
|Succeeded by||Alfred O. P. Nicholson|
October 19, 1829 – July 4, 1838
|Preceded by||John Eaton|
|Succeeded by||Ephraim H. Foster|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Tennessee's 5th district
March 4, 1813 – July 19, 1814
|Preceded by||Constituency established|
|Succeeded by||Newton Cannon|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Tennessee's 3rd district
March 4, 1811 – March 3, 1813
|Preceded by||James Randolph|
|Succeeded by||Augustus Pettibone|
|Chief Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals|
|Preceded by||Thomas Todd|
|Succeeded by||Ninian Edwards|
|Born||September 11, 1777|
Berkeley County, Virginia, U.S. (now West Virginia)
|Died||December 19, 1840 (aged 63)|
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic-Republican (Before 1825)|
|Spouse(s)||Ann Phillips Rodgers|
Born in Berkeley County, Virginia (now Berkeley County, West Virginia), Grundy moved to Brownsville, Pennsylvania, and then Kentucky with his parents. He was educated at home and at the Bardstown Academy in Bardstown, Kentucky. He then read law, was admitted to the Kentucky bar, and commenced practice in Springfield, Kentucky, in 1799.
In 1799, he was chosen to represent Washington County at the convention that drafted the second Kentucky Constitution. From 1800 to 1802, he represented Washington County in the Kentucky House of Representatives. He then moved to Nelson County, which he represented in the Kentucky House from 1804 to 1806. On December 10, 1806, he was commissioned an associate justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. He was elevated to Chief Justice of the court on April 11, 1807. Later that year, he resigned and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he again took up the practice of law. Grundy's decision was in part made due to his opposition to rising Kentucky politician (and later founder of the Whig Party), Henry Clay, whose Bluegrass interests clashed with Grundy's and made the two rivals, and Grundy left partly due to Henry Clay's growing presence in the state.
He then became a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1819 to 1825, and in 1820 was commissioner to settle the boundary line (state line) between Tennessee and Kentucky. He was elected as a Jacksonian in 1829 to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy in the term ending March 4, 1833, caused by the resignation of John H. Eaton to join the Cabinet of President Andrew Jackson; reelected in 1832 and served from October 19, 1829, to July 4, 1838, when he resigned to accept a Cabinet position. During this time he served as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Post Offices and Post Roads (21st through 24th Congresses), U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary (24th and 25th Congresses).
He entered the Cabinet when he was appointed Attorney General of the United States by President Martin Van Buren in July 1838. He resigned the post in December 1839, having been elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate on November 19, 1839, to fill the vacancy in the term commencing March 4, 1839, caused by the resignation of Ephraim Foster; the question of his eligibility to election as Senator while holding the office of Attorney General of the United States having been raised, he resigned on December 14, 1839, and was reelected to the Senate the same day, serving from December 14, 1839, until his death in Nashville, a little over a year later. During this stint in the upper house of the U.S. Congress he served as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Revolutionary Claims in the 26th Congress.
His grave can be found at the Nashville City Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee. After his death, four American counties were named in his honor. The four counties are located in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Tennessee.
Grundy Center, Iowa, located in Grundy County, Iowa are both also named in his honor. Grundy Center's annual festival, called "Felix Grundy Days", are held each July, marking the start to the annual Grundy County Fair, located in Grundy Center.
He was a mentor to future President James K. Polk. Polk purchased Grundy's home called "Grundy Place" and changed the name to "Polk Place". He lived and died there after his presidency. It was demolished in 1901.
- Baylor, Orville W. (April 1942). "Felix Grundy, 1777-1840". Filson Club History Quarterly. 16 (2). Archived from the original on May 2, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2011.
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- Democracy's Lawyer: Felix Grundy of the Old Southwest, p. 113
- Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Chicago, Illinois: J.M. Gresham Company. 1896.
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- United States Congress. "Felix Grundy (id: G000509)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Allen, William B. (1872). A History of Kentucky: Embracing Gleanings, Reminiscences, Antiquities, Natural Curiosities, Statistics, and Biographical Sketches of Pioneers, Soldiers, Jurists, Lawyers, Statesmen, Divines, Mechanics, Farmers, Merchants, and Other Leading Men, of All Occupations and Pursuits. Bradley & Gilbert. pp. 351–352. Retrieved November 10, 2008.